The Green Bay Packers have a plan for Clay Matthews. It no longer involves exclusively playing his beloved outside linebacker.
Matthews split time between inside and outside linebacker on Sunday and that will be the plan moving forward.
“I’m fine with that,” Matthews said. “We do a good job playing to my strengths as far as bringing some pressure, allowing me to get some one-on-one matchups, and be a little more decisive as opposed to just sitting there and reading like a true inside ‘backer. There obviously comes a time for that, but it is easy when we have a lead, playing inside linebacker is a lot more fun.”
Matthews spent a good deal of time playing inside linebacker, even though Jake Ryan returned from an ankle injury to play against Houston. Matthews was on the inside in the nickel and outside in the dime.
If Matthews appeared ineffective on Sunday, that’s because he largely was. He didn’t record a single tackle while playing with a shoulder injury. Matthews also spent a good deal of time on the sidelines because the coaching staff put him on a snap count.
After the game, Matthews said he was in a lot of pain and that likely limited his effectiveness.
On the season, Matthews has just 18 tackles and four sacks in eight games.